Evening News November 22

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Good Wednesday evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—Heads up police work by a Douglas County Deputy bags two turkeys in Rock Island and Quincy has a new Police Chief. But first, we begin tonight:

Link Transit’s board of directors made it official yesterday. The board voted to put a proposed sales tax increase before voters in February. The revenue generated by a two-tenths of one percent increase would pay for expanded bus services in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The board voted 9-1 in favor of scheduling the February 23rd election. Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay was the lone dissenter. . .

 

Overbay’s no vote reflecting his opposition to the 2/10ths increase. He said he would have supported a 1/10th of a percent hike. The decision to proceed with the election follows a survey of Chelan and Douglas County residents that showed support for more bus routes and expanded services.

According to a Douglas County press release, early yesterday afternoon, a Douglas County Deputy, Nick English, on routine patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the large parking lot at BJ’s Auto Truck Plaza in Rock Island.

 

As the Deputy approached the vehicle, he saw two males sitting inside and noticed one of them holding drug paraphernalia while trying to open a small bag of a brown substance, which appeared to be heroin. Deputy English directed the two men to get out of the vehicle and the man holding the suspected drugs, 28-year old Narcisso Alvarez of Leavenworth, was placed under arrest without incident. A consensual search of the vehicle produced two bags of heroin and prescription medication for which the suspect did not have a prescription. The man was arrested without incident and booked into the Chelan County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.

We have a follow-up and clarification to a story first reported this morning about a possible stabbing/gunshot incident in the Cashmere area.

 

It was reported to RiverCom Emergency Dispatch around 4:30 this morning in the 79-hundred block of Stines Hill Road. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett now confirms that the incident report referred to an attempted suicide at that location. The person was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment of self-inflicted cuts.

Quincy has a new police chief. The City Council last night named Kieth Siebert to replace interim chief, Bill Larsen as the City’s top cop. Larsen says Siebert currently serves as a Lieutenant with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. . .

 

Larsen will step down after serving as interim chief since April. Siebert takes over the reins on December 1st.

Coming up, Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association Board of Directors and we will show you the dangers of turkey fryers. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

Welcome back, in other news…

Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association Board of Directors representing Region 9, which includes: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

The Virginia-based organization is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Members advocate for local, state and federal policies that support public power. Wright has been general manager of Chelan PUD for four and a half years, coming to the District after his retirement in 2013 as Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

Things have gone from bad to worse for a 21-year old Moses Lake woman who was arrested early this morning, less than a week after being released from jail.

 

Moses Lake Police say Brittany Strong was arrested after she attempted to sell stolen property via Facebook’s buy and sell page. After seeing the stolen watches on Facebook, MLP were able to tie the watches to a burglary that took place in Moses Lake on May 1st.

 

The officer then set up a meeting with Strong to purchase the watches. When she arrived at a parking lot in the 900 block of Stratford Road, she was arrested with one of the stolen watches in her hand. A passenger in the car, 28-year old Timothy Riggins of Othello, was also arrested on a DOC warrant. Strong was booked on charges of trafficking stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property.

 

Riggins was booked on those same charges. It was just a week ago that Brittany Strong was arrested, along with another woman, for stealing almost 400 pieces of mail from 118 separate addresses in the Moses Lake area.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires? Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires also involve turkey fryers. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has released a video that illustrates the dangers of deep- frying your Thanksgiving bird. . .

 

This year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday. Here are some tips:

  • Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.
  • Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.
  • Thaw your turkey completely—ice will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

A former Eastmont graduate on military leave surprised her little brother yesterday by joining him for lunch at Lee Elementary School.

 

It was a great moment when little brother saw his sister!

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

 

On the Les Schwab Prep Bowling Scoreboard from yesterday…

 

The Wenatchee Panthers improved to 3-and-oh with a 3-2 win over Eisenhower at Eastmont Lanes yesterday.  In edging the Cadets by 180-pins, Wenatchee’s high rollers were junior Jessica Holbrook (199); freshman Hannah Johnson (194, 181); freshman Kylah Hankins (189); junior Emilee Groth (176); and senior Taylor Bitterman (167).

Eastmont also improved to 3-and-oh Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Moses Lake at Eastmont Lanes.  The Wildcats and Panthers each have three more matches before meeting up December 6th.  We’ll have the NCWLIFE Channel cameras there to capture the action…and who knows?  Maybe both teams will still be undefeated.

The Wenatchee Wild invite you to get away from the relatives this Thanksgiving week and take in some hockey at the Town Toyota Center…

 

Wenatchee hosts Vernon tonight at 6:30, and the Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker is expecting a great turnout with a popular promotion…

 

Then Chilliwack comes to town Friday at 7 followed by Salmon Arm Saturday at 7.  The Wild are currently third in the Interior Division of the BCHL with 32-points.  6-points behind Vernon and 7 behind Trail in the Division.  Coach and General Manager Bliss Littler says he’s really happy with where the team is right now…

 

By the way, tonight is Wenatchee World night with the Wild and they’ve donated their night to the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  If you’d like to bring a new, unwrapped toy to tonight’s game, they’ll glad accept it.

The NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule resumes tomorrow night with hockey taking center stage…

 

Thursday is Hockey Night once again with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 followed by West Kelowna and Wenatchee from November 10th.  The on Friday, it’s Eastmont at Wenatchee volleyball from October 24th.  On Saturday, its Eisenhower and Eastmont volleyball from October 26th at 2pm followed by West Valley and Wenatchee Soccer for the District Championship at 7pm.  Sunday features the Wenatchee Wild against Vernon at 12pm and Alberni Valley at 2pm.  Davis and Eastmont playoff volleyball is at 5pm followed by Southridge and Wenatchee football at 7pm.

The Seahawks have made a move to fill the roster spot left vacant by the waiving of Dwight Freeney yesterday…

 

The Seahawks announced today they’ve promoted rookie receiver David Moore off of their practice squad.  Moore, a seventh-round pick out of East Central University in Oklahoma, was waived by the Seahawks prior to the start of the season, then was added to the practice squad. Moore had four catches for 44 yards during the preseason.  The Seahawks also made two additions to the practice squad, bringing back a pair of players who have spent time with Seattle in the past, fullback Kyle Coleman and linebacker Kache Palacio.

The National Football League Hall of Fame has announced its semifinalists for the Class of 2018 and a former Seahawk made the list…

 

Former Seattle left guard Steve Hutchinson is a semifinalist in his first year of eligibility.  Other 1st timers include Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Ronde (RON-day) Barber, Randy Moss and Richard Seymour.  Other notable semifinalists who have been waiting for induction include Terrell Owens; Torry Holt; Jimmy Johnson and Don Coryell.

 

 

Thanks Eric…

Lake Chelan’s Historic Downtown Association is hosting its first Festival of Tree’s. Led by Coordinator Nancy Thompson, this first year event is an auction for pre-decorated Christmas trees. Proceeds from the auction are being used to benefit the Chelan Food Bank. The trees are located in the Chamber of Commerce, and people are invited to come in and bid on their favorite tree’s to take home for Christmas. The bidding window has been extended to 4 p.m. December 3rd. We spoke with the leaders of the Historic Downtown Association about this new holiday event.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

Link Transit’s board of directors made it official yesterday. The board voted to put a proposed sales tax increase before voters in February. The revenue generated by a two-tenths of one percent increase would pay for expanded bus services in Chelan and Douglas Counties. The board voted 9-1 in favor of scheduling the February 23rd election. Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay was the lone dissenter. The decision to proceed with the election follows a survey of Chelan and Douglas County residents that showed support for more bus routes and expanded services.

Quincy has a new police chief. The City Council last night named Kieth Siebert to replace interim chief, Bill Larsen as the City’s top cop. Larsen says Siebert currently serves as a Lieutenant with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.  Larsen will step down after serving as interim chief since April. Siebert takes over the reins on December 1st.

Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright was recently elected to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association Board of Directors representing Region 9, which includes: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

The Virginia-based organization is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Members advocate for local, state and federal policies that support public power. Wright has been general manager of Chelan PUD for four and a half years, coming to the District after his retirement in 2013 as Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The big news story in Atlanta yesterday was the implosion of the Georgia Superdome. The Weather Channel had a perfect location, set up its cameras to capture the event and then this happened . . .

 

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us, have a great night and a very happy Thanksgiving.